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I have trouble spell checking my document in TeXstudio. When I press spellcheck, I get the error No dictionary Available. Am I supposed to install a dictionary separately? How? Any suggestion?

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Don't have time to write an answer, but take a look at code.google.com/p/texworks/wiki/SpellingDictionaries – Torbjørn T. Dec 19 '12 at 17:05
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TeXStudio uses the OpenOffice spelling dictionaries (as well as thesaurus). You can download any number of them from the OpenOffice site. The OpenOffice files have the extension .oxt but are actually .zip files so just change the extension and extract the dictionary. You place the dictionary files in the Dictionary folder in your TeXstudio installation. The disctionary then appears in the list when you open the "Configure TeXstudio" under "Optons" in TeXstudio.

EDIT: For weird reasons, the dictionaries link from the given link doesn't work. Instead use the following link: List of dictionaries. So here is the steps:

  1. download your dictionary (.oxt)
  2. change the extension to .zip
  3. unzip the files in a folder
  4. In TeXstudio preference, under Spell Checking Dictionary, change the directory to the folder you put your dictionary in
  5. reset TeXstudio.
  6. You are all set!


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thx a lot @peterJansson – Daniteba Apr 28 '13 at 16:51
If you (like me) want to use multiple dictionaries you can copy the xx_XX.dic, xx_XX.aff and optional .dat,.stopWords and.badWords from the file into the common folder. – dtech Sep 22 '13 at 12:30
The dictionary pages have been updated, I've found the extension link by checking version history. There there were links provided to the latest language versions. – Sam Vloeberghs Mar 13 '14 at 7:31
@dtech Could you please specify what exactly you mean with "common folder"? :) – henry Oct 13 '14 at 20:06
@henry You put all the different dictionaries in a common folder of your choosing, and then set the TeXstudio preference to that folder. The folder could for example be C:\Program Files (x86)\TeXstudio\Dictionaries or C:\Users\Yourname\OOo dictionaries, you create it yourself. – dtech Oct 14 '14 at 10:20

you may need to set the dictionary path in two places:

  1. Options>Configure TexStudio>General>Dictionary [Dictionaries spelling directory]
  2. Options>Configure TexStudio>Grammar>Internal [Wordlist Directory]
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Welcome to TeX.sx! – Peter Jansson Apr 30 '13 at 7:10

TeXstudio comes with dictionaries; you don't need to install them. I had the same problem. TeXstudio said that no dictionary was available. When I went to choose a dictionary in the options menu, none showed up, yet when I went to the same file in the file explorer, I saw that there were plenty. I noticed that the .dat files had Norton Studio icons. Once I uninstalled Norton Studio and restarted TeXstudio, the dictionaries were there automatically.

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It comes with dictionaries for some langages, I had to follow the Peter Jansson's instructions. – Antoine May 6 '15 at 17:19

In the native preferences after installation on my ubuntu here I saw that the dictionaries were located in a folder called "hunspell". Under linux you could install some additional with

sudo apt-get install hunspell-*

with * being one of your preferred dictionaries. May be an easier procedure.

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I had some problem because the dictionary I downloaded only had .aff and .dic, but no .dat nor .idx. It happens that .aff and .dic are hunspell files which I had already installed. I remember I checked for my language on hunspell but there was no support available. So, just to resume, I copied the files to /usr/share/hunspell/. Then I opened TexStudio and went to Options -> Configure TexStudio -> General and set my lang there. Now it works.

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